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Yield them a feeling in the common good,
A something they might lose by civil broil, And all will work right well :-well understood ;
Ye trust in them, they give their honest toil,
Nor e’er perplex you with abhorr'd turmoil.-
The noble blood, as rich, as bland as oil,
Let honest John Bull have his laugh.
A simile express for good John Bull.
John likes a little fun, and vont nor vill Despise a joke, howe'er against the rule
Of parlour poetry.--Besides, a mill
Is such a blessing—so I'd deem a still,
For he can fight, with hardy fist and will,
A young lady's impatience.
Nay, now dear Raymond, 'tis beyond all bearing
Must poor Cologne for ever be neglected ?
They'll spurn the Bard, whom they had else protected;
Perhaps may taunt him foolish or affected.
To let him wander far, and undetected ;
We've seen, how, after years of jocund peace,
So towns decline, as well as mighty states :
Cologne 1 first felt that faction desolates-
1 The civil discords, which were so injurious to Cologne, commenced by contentions betwixt the manufacturers and the nobles, whose power the first disputed. Point after point was yielded to them, till at length they assumed the whole authority. This excited the jealousy of the people, who united with the patricians whom they formerly hated, and the trades.
Then thousands, skilful hands, which trade creates, Fled from the fury of outrageous sway:
And thence it is, that Vervieres fondly dates, And Eupen, too, (long kept at cruel bay) Their busy looms, and happy holiday.
Yet further ills for thee, Cologne, in store :
Ills ! rather horrors—so they prov'd to be. At Papal nod—that power we must deplore
How many mourners sped from obloquy !
Poor Israelites ! indeed, I pity thee ! How houseless left, in want and woe,
Or perish'd ʼmidst the flames ? !—'Tis sad to see What man, presumptuous man, by one false throw Can lose; nay, worse, can glory in the blow !
The Jews driven out of Cologne.
men were subdued. Many were killed in battle, some executed, and the rest, to the amount of 18,000, banished to other towns, which they benefited much by the introduction of useful arts and industry. Hence the prosperity of Aix-la-Chapelle, Vervieres, Eupen, &c.- See Resume de l'His. toire des Villes Libres du Rhin par Engelman, p. 297, 298.)
At two different periods the Jews, at the instigation of the Pope, and other bigots, were driven from Cologne, under the most heart-revolting
Obdurate race ! doom'd ever to be driven :
Their early frowardness.
earliest day-spring first began
Ah ! ill requitted love-they err'd , and ran
Into iniquity : soon the Assyrian *
Which dragg’d to bondage the Samaritan 5 ;
circumstances. Engelman tells us, in his work just cited (p. 299.), “ Pen.
1 Jeremiah, chap. xliv, v. 15, 16.
4 About four hundred years after the first establishment of the kingdom of Israel, viz. in 720 B. C., and after nineteen monarchs had reigned, who had been almost constantly at war with the Kings of Judah, the kingdom of Israel, which had been rendered corrupt and miserable, by the folly and idolatry of Jeroboam, was entirely destroyed by Salmanezer, King of Assyria, who carried the Israelites captive to Nineveh, whence they never returned. See Simson's Hore Homelitici, vol. iii. p. 34; also Milman's admirable History of the Jews, vol. i.
302. 5 It is well known, that one of the consequences of the division into two distinct kingdoms, of Israel and Judah, was a difference in the form of worship. That called the Samaritan, or Israelitish, was embraced by the
While Judah (so relates the sacred word)
Wept ’neath a still more vengeful tyrant's 1 sword.
Were they not scourg'd by Ptolemy, that knave,
Who stole upon them, like a thief, at night? But soon restor’d by his more generous ?, brave,
And good and glorious son--the world 's delight !
ten tribes who had formed themselves into the kingdom of Israel; while Judah and Benjamin held to the ancient usages of their forefathers.
1 It was in the reign of Zedekiah, King of Judah, 598 B. C., that the kingdom of Judah shared nearly the same fate as that experienced about 61 years before by Israel, and was overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, after the division of the Assyrian Empire, when Jerusalem was completely destroyed, and the inhabitants carried to Babylon, and there kept in captivity for 70 years, till restored by Cyrus, King of Persia. See Milman's History of the Jews, vol. i. page 317; also vol. ii. page
8. 2 The Jews, after their return from bondage at Babylon, rebuilt the temple of Jerusalem ; and, during the reign of the Persian kings, lived in the form of a commonwealth, enjoying a comparative peace for 300 years ; till, taken by surprise by Ptolemy Lagus, the first King of Egypt, who captured Jerusalem, and carried off 100,000 of the inhabitants prisoners to Egypt. This prince died about 284 years B. C., and was succeeded by his more generous son, who restored the Jews to their native country. The humanity, liberality, and comprehensive mind of this second Ptolemy, are well known. He was the patron of every useful art, and his house was a home to all the learned Greeks of his day. He died 246 years B. C.